The American Heart Association offers these lighter suggestions:
- Skip the whipped cream and ask the restaurant to make the hot chocolate with low-fat or fat-free milk.
- If making it at home, shop for packets that are labeled low in sugar or fat, and mix with skim milk or hot water.
- Watch your toppings. Skip large marshmallows and sprinkle on just five to eight mini marshmallows. If you really want whipped cream, opt for a low-fat version, adding less than a tablespoon.